An incantational parting opera that crawls deep under the skin. Based on Henry Purcell's most celebrated aria from the opera Dido and Aeneas.

DIDO DIDO is an up-close confrontation with mythical Queen Dido's tragic fate. Defeated by love and forsaken by her people, Dido decides to take her own life. "Remember me, but forget my fate." It is the paradox in these last words however, that make her fate so hard to forget.

Five singer-musicians and one dancer are impassioned by Dido, as they breathe life into a puppet based on the Japanese tradition of bunraku. As in a feverish dream they penetrate the very heart of Dido's despair and will-power. With instruments from different corners of the world they deconsruct, repeat and rearrange the classical aria. In doing so, they are delaying the inevitable end, carving out time and space for a gentle letting go.

Concept: Nicole Beutler, Romain Bischoff
Direction, choreography: Nicole Beutler
Musical direction: Romain Bischoff
Set and light design: Sascha van Riel
Costumes: Jessica Helbach
Assistent director & dramaturgy: Fabienne Vegt
Co-creators, performers: Arnout Lems, Heather Ware, Maya Alban-Zapata, Michaela Riener, Raphaela Danksagmüller, Tiemo Wang
Design puppet, coaching poppetry: Ulrike Quade
Music: Henry Purcell, Wouter Snoei and performers

Première 9 November 2017 // Theater Frascati Amsterdam

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